Most of the epic survival stories you’ve read probably involve crazy mountain climbers, adventurous cave divers, or bearded and grizzled desert hikers. Scientists aren’t typically mentioned in this company. But sometimes, geologists find themselves enduring nature’s worst in the pursuit of that must-have dataset… or at least, a dataset that seemed really important at the time. Here are three stories about four geologists who found themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time when nature removed her flowery veil and donned her murder hat. But before I get into those, it needs to be said that people perished during the events of some of these stories. Given that, please consider this a celebration of the perseverance, luck, good fortune, and bad-assery of those who survived. Continue reading
This essay was written by Mike Osborne. If you wish to hear Mike read it, click play below.
It took a while for me to get comfortable with this question, and, at first, I had no idea how to react. This is a really interesting question to be asked. It’s vague, full of fear, and totally lacking any nuance whatsoever. Actually, if I’m honest with myself, it’s the question that drove me to become a climate scientist in the first place. Ten years ago I walked away from college thinking, “The planet is screwed, we’re all screwed. Or, at least I think we’re screwed. But wait…are we really screwed? Maybe not. Shoot, I don’t know. I don’t have enough information here. I’ll go back to school.” Continue reading
Science is constantly reinventing itself, revising past theories and proposing new ideas that hopefully further our understanding of the world. Copernicus proposed the heliocentric solar system, Newton had gravity, and Einstein gave us relativity. But every once in a while, a theory gets proposed that’s downright nutty. Not only that, some of these theories can persist for decades or even centuries. As these ridiculous theories hang around, sometimes they find themselves intersecting with strange moments in history. Here, I present the crazy history you’ve never heard of behind 3 ridiculous geological theories. Continue reading
The producers of Generation Anthropocene – Mike Osborne, Miles Traer, and Leslie Chang – are making a special announcement about the future of this show. We’re going to be expanding the scope of our storytelling as well as the types of material available on our website. We might not release a new podcast episode every Tuesday as we have been doing for this past year, but we will continue to report on all things Anthropocene through audio interviews and new material like written blog posts and photo essays. We thank all of you for your understanding in this time of transition.
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